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Ken Griffey Jr.’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaque: What it says

National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Mike Piazza, left, and Ken Griffey Jr. hold their plaques for photos after the induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Cooperstown, N.Y.
National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Mike Piazza, left, and Ken Griffey Jr. hold their plaques for photos after the induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Cooperstown, N.Y. AP

Ken Griffey Jr’s plaque will hang in a cathedral-like room in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Sunday night. The museum’s plaque gallery contains the plaques of every hall of fame inductee.

It will hang to the right of 2015 inductee Pedro Martinez’s plaque and above fellow 2016 inductee Mike Piazza’s.

Here’s what it will say, which MLB commissioner Rob Manfred read to the about 50,000 people in attendance on Sunday before Griffey gave his induction speech:

GEORGE KENNETH GRIFFEY JR.

“Ken” “Junior” “The Kid”

Seattle, A.L., 1989-99, 2009-10; Cincinnati, N.L., 2000-08; Chicago, A.L., 2008

A five-tool center fielder whose sweet swing and winning smile made him a dominant force and fan favorite, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, over 22 years. Hit .284 and totaled 630 home runs, including seven seasons of 40 or more. A 13-time All-Star, winning game MVP in 1992, also won 10 consecutive Gold Glove awards. Named 1997 American League MVP. Homered in eight straight games, tying major league record. First overall draft pick in 1987. Easy-going nature and love for the game helped define a new era for baseball’s popularity.

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